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Gifts Attract Top Faculty and Advance Research

The Leadership Campaign has significantly enhanced the quality of faculty and research at Northeastern — by helping the university attract top-notch professors, provide them with essential equipment and resources, and expand research in critical fields.

"When Northeastern set its sights on becoming a
top one-hundred university, we knew that investment
in faculty and research would be critical to achieving
this goal."

"When Northeastern set its sights on becoming a top one-hundred university, we knew that investment in faculty and research would be critical to achieving this goal," says President Freeland.

To date, alumni and friends have contributed more than $60 million for faculty, academic programming, and research.

Gifts have funded new professorships that attract top faculty, established cutting-edge research centers, and provided essential equipment and software.

Most notably, George J. Kostas, E'43, committed $2 million to establish a nanoscale technology and manufacturing research center.

This facility was a key driver behind the $12.4 million grant awarded to Northeastern and its partners by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the development of commercial applications from nanotechnology research.

The Kostas gift elevated our work in nanotechnology, one of the fastest-growing sectors in industry, and set the stage for government support," says Ahmed T. Abdelal, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. "The NSF grant would not have been possible without George Kostas' foresight and generosity."

Gifts have also enhanced Northeastern's twenty-seven current research centers. For example, a gift from the late Irving Brudnick, LA'49, H'92, and his wife, Betty, established the Brudnick Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict, while corporations such as Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have supported the Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems.

The impact of giving is evident in the quality of the Northeastern faculty. More than forty-five donor-funded faculty positions help the university attract and retain leading professors and scholars. An impressive ten positions have been established during the Leadership Campaign.

This fall, Northeastern welcomed a number of new faculty members to donor-funded positions. Two prominent hires include Alexandros Makriyannis and Michail Sitkovsky, who have joint appointments in Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Makriyannis holds a chair in pharmaceutical biotechnology endowed by George D. Behrakis, P'57, H'98. A noted scientist and scholar in new drug design, Makriyannis has earned a number of patents, and federal and industry grants with his groundbreaking work.

Sitkovsky, holder of the Eleanor W. Black Professorship of Immunophysiology and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, specializes in oncology, and spent more than twenty years as a laboratory chief at the National Institutes of Health.

Recent gifts for faculty support include $250,000 from Donald J. Kramer, BA'59, H'01, and Nancy E. Kramer toward a business professorship, and $266, 860 from Carl E. Hurtig, E'48, and Martha E. Hurtig to endow a program that recognizes excellence among senior engineering faculty.

Now in its final stage, the Campaign continues to seek support for faculty and research. Top priorities include professorships, a new Center for Drug Discovery, and a Nanomaterials Instrumentation Facility.

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George J. Kostas
 
Brudnick Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict
 
Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems
 
Alexandros Makriyannis, Professor of Biotechnology and Bioorganic Chemistry
 
Michail Sitkovsky, Professor of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
 
George D. Behrakis
  This article was published in the November 2004 issue of Northeastern University Magazine.          

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